Suede is a wonderful fabric to use for making trendy and fun garments, purses, and other items with quality Janome sewing machines. Like many specialty fabrics, there are some tricks to get great results when sewing suede with sewing machines like the easy-to-use Janome 2212. Keep these tips in mind when working with suede or faux suede and you’ll love how your projects turn out.
1. Cut It Correctly - Suede Has A Nap
Like corduroy and velvet, suede is textured fabric that has a nap that should be identified before sewing it with Janome sewing machines. Since you typically want any nap to lay smoothly toward the lower part of a garment, figure out which direction the nap lays. Then be sure to align all your pattern pieces in that one direction.
If not initially obvious, those that are cut the wrong way will be very noticeable when joined together. This could alter the entire appearance of your garment or other item. Handle suede like you would any other napped fabric.
2. Avoid Pins - Use Wonder Clips and Weights
Pins are bad news for suede, leather, vinyl, and any other fabric that retains the imprint of any pin placement. In fact, pins are nearly impossible to insert into thicker fabrics. Preserve your suede by opting instead for wonder clips. Use proper fabric weights to spread and hold suede when cutting it out. If you have no other way to secure your suede and must use pins, use silk pins. Even if they bend, they will do the least amount of damage to the suede.
3. Press Seams Correctly
After you have stitched the seams on your Janome 2212, it’s important to press them open and flat so you can move onto the next step in sewing with suede. Suede responds well to steam, which softens it just enough to allow you to open the seam allowances and press them flat.
Use a steam iron on low heat to spread and press the allowances open to flatten and hold their shape better. Afterward, you can gently brush the good side of the suede to fluff it in case the nap crushes from being pressed.
4. Topstitch the Seams
Once the seam allowances are pressed flat on the back side, topstitch with your sewing machine close to the seam on the front side and both sides of the seam. Do this to keep seam allowances flat, strengthening the seam.
Keeping seam allowances pressed down also makes suede garments more comfortable to wear since there should be no rubbing from the edges of the seam allowance.
Use an edgestitching or a blind hem foot, a slightly larger needle than had for your regular stitching, and lengthen the stitch a bit. Your topstitching will look uniform and slightly decorative, yet serve the purpose of taming those seam allowances.
5. Debulk the Seams
Once the topstitching has been done, turn the item over and debulk the seams so they are softer and more pliable. Trim away any excess seam allowance close to the topstitching, leaving only about â -inch of fabric.
Suede and faux suede are both available in a number of weights that are suitable for making a wide variety of items with sewing machines like the Janome 2212. When you practice these simple suede tips, you’ll get great results making clothing, bags, or anything else using Janome sewing machines!